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$50,000 BBS wheels!! :-(
OK guys, I am feeling real shy here because I KNOW its the Audi
gods getting even.
You all remember my $50.00 BBS wheel deal a few weeks ago, right?
Well, I had them sandblasted for $40.00 - looked great! Still not too
bad. I had to buy a new centre cap for $5.00 because the "BBS" logo was
missing on one. I even bought a quart of Zermatt Silver PPG paint to make
these things match my Quattro.
Well, I got the hub centering rings this week, and found out that
at least two of the wheels spent some time on Michigan potholes. They
are somewhat less than round.
So, today I took all four out to "The Wheel Shoppe" in Fraser, MI
(suburb of Detroit) and we put them on a big lathe. Now it looks like
all four are somewhat less than round, and two of them are nearly square.
("so, Ford has been running square wheels for years, what's the big deal?")
It's gonna cost me another $200 to make them round again. Argh......
Oh well, it's still a reasonably good deal. They look really nice
in terms of style and fitment, and they'll cost me about 325.00 by the
time they are all done. I could then probably sell them for at least that
amount, so I don't feel _too_ bad. I just know that the Audi gods were
thinking I was a little too smug about the whole thing.
BTW, the wheel shoppe is a good place to do business. They can
restore straightness to surprisingly bent wheels, and can do special work
like widening, polishing etc. They can even lay down a bead of aluminum
weld where you
curbed a wheel, and make it look like new again. Their prices are
reasonable too. I saw alot of expensive wheels in there being fixed.
Call them at 810 415 7171, and ask for Tony. (standard disclaimers - I'm
not getting in the wheel repair business)
Graydon D. Stuckey
Flint, Michigan USA
'86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, GDS Racing Stage II
'85 Mazda RX7 GS 12A-leaning-towards-a-13B-soon